Marc LiVecche is the McDonald Distinguished Scholar of Ethics, War, and Public Life at Providence. He is also a non-resident research fellow at the US Naval War College, in the College of Leadership and Ethics.
Marc completed doctoral studies, earning distinction, at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. Another project, Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, co-edited with Eric Patterson, was published by Stone Tower Press in the fall of 2020. Currently, he is finalizing Moral Horror: A Just War Defense of Hiroshima. Before all this academic stuff, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which rendered him entirely ill-suited for pacifism.
Marc lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and children–and a marmota monax whistlepigging under the shed. He can be followed, or stalked, on twitter @mlivecche. Additional publications can be found at his Amazon author page.
The Christian realist just war tradition is primarily concerned with aiding reflection on how to meet the obligations of of love through, not despite, war
Marc LiVeccheDecember 15, 2022
The first in a series, this introductory essay grounds the historical development of just war tradition in Christian moral and political responsibility
Marc LiVeccheDecember 9, 2022
Necessary, discriminate, and proportionate force in the last resort in defense of good was essential in the Wild West–just as it’s essential today
Marc LiVeccheDecember 1, 2022
The unprecedented use of drones in the Ukraine war have transformed the modern battlefield. At the same time, nothing has changed.
Marc LiVeccheNovember 17, 2022
Director: Thomas M. Wright Featuring: Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Jada Alberts, Steve Mouzakis Rated R for language and disturbing content…
Marc LiVeccheOctober 20, 2022
The Parkland school shooter has been spared death. Many observers, believe this is an injustice. How does the Christian think about justice?
Marc LiVeccheOctober 14, 2022
Chivalry, classical education, and great books have much to commend to the making of human beings armed with the wisdom and virtues required for liberty
Marc LiVeccheOctober 6, 2022
American national interests and our willingness to spend power for global common good are more closely aligned than many seem to believe.
Marc LiVeccheSeptember 29, 2022
American audiences are still hungry for cinematic portrayals of the old virtues: patriotism, heroism, courage, and self-sacrifice
Marc LiVeccheSeptember 22, 2022
While a nation’s primary obligation is to its own citizens, our moral tradition demands that we cultivate the power to help where we can
Marc LiVeccheSeptember 17, 2022